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Symphonic Evenings "Demon Love"

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Symphonic Evenings "Demon Love"
2023 November 15
20:30

Symphonic Evenings "Demon Love"

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The second consecutive concert of the "Symphonic evenings" cycle of the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra is dedicated to the timeless influence of the ancient Greek spirit on world culture and artistic creation.


For Wednesday, November 15, the eminent young Greek conductor, with a great career abroad, Giorgos Ziavras, chose to turn his attention to the innovative music of the Twentieth Century: the century of vanguardism and great upheavals. The two works in the program come from the pen of great composers and are inspired by ancient Greek literature and philosophy.

The Dramatic Cantata "Phaedra" (1976), by the British Benjamin Britten, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra draws its theme from the mythical cycle of Theseus.

The composer creates this work as a baroque cantata based on excerpts from Rakina's Phaedra. The mezzo-soprano raves chaotically, rages, takes revenge, repents and kills herself in a condensed masterpiece that, despite the stereotypical performativity of the 'raging woman' that characterizes 17th century secretarial works, here deeply moves and sensitively captures contradictory folds of her complex character. The work is presented in its first pan-Hellenic performance under the direction of Giorgos Ziavras on the harpsichord. In addition, during the concert, the text of the play will be shown on a screen.

After Phaedra's suicide, Leonard Bernstein begins his Serenade (1954) with a lazy violin solo in praise of the god Eros (Phaedra's Monologue). The work is based on the characters of Plato's "Symposium", sketching each of the faces of the profound philosophical dialogue with the distinctive technical and expressive means of the great American composer and conductor.

The composer, however, asks us to avoid a philological, let alone a dry programmatic reading of his music. However, the deep lyricism, the subtle humor, the destructive, as well as regenerating, skillful momentum, the poetic solo interludes, and even the capitalistic pentagram structure of his work, leave no doubt about the deeper affinities with the Platonic text.

The position of the concert soloists will be taken by two outstanding Greek artists, the mezzo-soprano Elena Maragou and the violinist Katerina Hatzinikolaou, who are expected to fascinate the audience with their expressiveness and skill.

In the second part, in a much-anticipated performance by Giorgos Ziavras, the FOA performs Johannes Brahms's masterpiece Fourth Symphony (1885), in E minor: a monumental construction of an artistic genius, a hymn to the value of man and to the perfectly eternal and lasting his spiritual elevation. Brahms' music encapsulates the quintessence of the human condition, reaching the innermost depths of the unconscious. The eternal philosopher, the divine demon, is incarnated through the deep essence of music.

Musical direction:
George Ziavras

Soloist:
Elena Maragou, Mesophone
Katerina Hatzinikolaou, Violin

Program:
Benjamin Britten, Phaedra. Dramatic cantata for mezzo and small orchestra, op.93 (first pan-Hellenic performance)
Leonard Bernstein, Serenade (after Plato's Symposium) (1954), for solo violin, harp, percussion and strings
Brahms, Symphony no. 4 in E minor, op. 98

When:

November 15, 2023 at 8:30 p.m

Tickets:

€8 - €10
€15, Distinguished

Where?

Vasileos Georgiou B 17-19, 10675, Conservatory of Athens
Phone: +302107240673
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